Roger Ailes and Fox News perpetuated a hurtful and cruel perspective on Monica Lewinsky with constant gossipy reporting of the scandal involving her, writes Lewinsky herself in an Op-Ed for the New York Times. She underlines how Fox News didn’t shy from broadcasting defamatory and unsubstantiated rumors or using derogatory terms to describe her. The scandal established Fox News as a major American network but its quest to reel in viewers came at an immense cost for Lewinsky. She condemns the news channel’s predatory tactics and highlights its bad treatment of women, which led to O’Reilly and Ailes being fired.
The way that Monica Lewinsky became embroiled in a national scandal must be blamed on Bill Clinton and his supporters, argues Jonathan S. Tobin of the National Review. He condemns the treatment she was given but stresses that Fox News was holding the president accountable for his misdeeds and not trying to persecute her. Tobin draws a line between Ailes and O’Reilly’s sexual misconduct and the way the media treated her. Fox News was upholding democracy by reporting on a story that more liberal media wanted to avoid to protect Clinton, suggests Tobin. In his opinion, singling out Fox News for the way Lewinsky was treated is erroneous.